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Voda2000 Andrew McMillan
Winnipeg, MB, Canada   CAN
I got a pneumatic grease gun for Christmas and was wondering what would be the best type of grease to use in it for stuff on the Spitfire.

I’m going to be replacing all the brakes shortly so it seems like the ideal time to grease everything.



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JOEVACS Joe Carter
Hickory, NC, USA   USA
Just don't grease the brakes LOL

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spitfire50 Paul Mugford
Rochester, N.H., USA   USA
Andrew,
I would suggest a grease that is good in wheel bearings. The rear wheel bearings, the U-joints, and the steering rack are the only grease points I can think of (I'm an oil the trunnions guy). Don't overdo the grease. Too much will wind up in bad places. Clean the zerks before you pump grease in.
All the best,
Paul

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tapkaJohnD John Davies
Lancaster, Lancashire, UK   GBR
A pneumatic grease gun?! that's for industrial use, where you grease hundreds of nipples a day.
Only one place on a Spitfire gets greased with a gun, the steering rack.
The wheel hubs get greased by finger, the trunnions are OILED!

Castrol LM grease was recommeneded and is still available.
JOhn

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spitfire50 Paul Mugford
Rochester, N.H., USA   USA
In reply to # 1590568 by tapkaJohnD A pneumatic grease gun?! that's for industrial use, where you grease hundreds of nipples a day.
Only one place on a Spitfire gets greased with a gun, the steering rack.
The wheel hubs get greased by finger, the trunnions are OILED!

Castrol LM grease was recommeneded and is still available.
JOhn

John,
To quote from the Mk2 Spitfire owner's manual:
"Routine servicing-12,000 Miles...
Rear hubs (Fig.43)
Remove the plug shown arrowed, and fit a screwed grease nipple. Apply a grease gun until grease exudes from the bearing. Remove the nipple and refit the plug. Repeat with the opposite hub."
Installation of U-joints, ball joints, and track rod ends with grease nipples is fairly common on this side of the Atlantic, maybe it is less so on your side.
All the best,
Paul

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Voda2000 Andrew McMillan
Winnipeg, MB, Canada   CAN
Thanks guys.

It’s a single shot, not continuous grease gun. It’s a lot nicer when you are on your back to just be able to tap the trigger a few times compared to the manual grease guns. I also have snowmobiles I service and them all have a ton of grease fittings on every suspension linkage.

Anyways for the Spitfire I’ll just use regular bearing grease.



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Lizzard d id
san jose, CA, USA   USA
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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/motomaster-wheel-bearing-and-chassis-grease-0280421p.html

Approved for chassis and bearings



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2019-01-20 11:43 AM by Tonyfixit.

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Alpine Steve Steve R
Concord, CA, USA   USA
I use marine grease.

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Manistee Silver Member Jim Gow
Grayling, Michigan, Newark, Delaware, USA   USA
I had a teacher in printing class. When we were going to use a printing press we had to oil it. He would always tell us, " Oil can in one hand, rag in the other"

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Tonyfixit Tony M
Duncan, BC, Canada   CAN
Please note I changed the link in my last post.

Universal grease must have both NLGI designations CG (wheel bearings) and LB (chassis)

Sorry....Big fingers and not engough coffee :-)

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tapkaJohnD John Davies
Lancaster, Lancashire, UK   GBR
In reply to # 1590584 by spitfire50
In reply to # 1590568 by tapkaJohnD A pneumatic grease gun?! that's for industrial use, where you grease hundreds of nipples a day.
Only one place on a Spitfire gets greased with a gun, the steering rack.
The wheel hubs get greased by finger, the trunnions are OILED!

Castrol LM grease was recommeneded and is still available.
JOhn

John,
To quote from the Mk2 Spitfire owner's manual:
"Routine servicing-12,000 Miles...
Rear hubs (Fig.43)
Remove the plug shown arrowed, and fit a screwed grease nipple. Apply a grease gun until grease exudes from the bearing. Remove the nipple and refit the plug. Repeat with the opposite hub."
Installation of U-joints, ball joints, and track rod ends with grease nipples is fairly common on this side of the Atlantic, maybe it is less so on your side.
All the best,
Paul
Paul,
That's a Mk.2 - this is a 1500. And anyway, that adds two grease points to make a grand total of THREE. To be attended to every 12,000 miles, or maybe every four years for most classic owners. An average of three-quarters of a grease point per year. For a pneumatic grease gun.

Glad you've got lots of other uses for it, Andrew!

Jim - what's oil got to do with it?
JOhn

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Voda2000 Andrew McMillan
Winnipeg, MB, Canada   CAN
In reply to # 1590651 by Tonyfixit Please note I changed the link in my last post.

Universal grease must have both NLGI designations CG (wheel bearings) and LB (chassis)

Sorry....Big fingers and not engough coffee :-)


Thanks Tony. That’s what I’ll probably end up picking up.


As a side note has anyone ever tried those bearing packet things? Since I’m going to have the front hubs off I was thinking of repacking the bearings with new grease.



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teeka56 mike leisner
Seattle, WA, USA   USA
IMO - high moly content grease. The molybdenum works well on steel on steel friction parts based on testing I have been involved in.

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Manistee Silver Member Jim Gow
Grayling, Michigan, Newark, Delaware, USA   USA
John - Same principle. "Clean up after yourself!"

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